Government Awareness Programs
2nd Grade City Hall Tours
Classes typically tour businesses in the Happy Valley Town Center and incorporate City Hall in their tour. We walk students through the different departments, where they learn about the functions of each department within the city.
After touring the building, we proceed into Council Chambers, show a brief/basic Power Point presentation and hold a mock City Council Meeting. As students are asked questions and answer correctly, they are selected for the Mayor and Councilor positions. The audience acts as citizens and direct questions about concerns they have regarding the happenings in the City.
At the close of the tour, we take a group picture to post on our City website. The class is given a treat and instructions on how to lookup their class picture at home with their parents that same evening.
We teach several grade levels throughout the year.
Kindergarten classes are scheduled for one hour every day, for one week.
We teach 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th grade as “JA in a Day”. This works really well if teachers can give us the majority of one day with the exception of lunch and any “specials” they may have. We have found the kids will learn and benefit more from this one day of instruction, rather than spread the 5 lessons over the course of several weeks.
The City of Happy Valley: Past and Present
We have come into the classrooms, specifically 5th grade, to teach the history of Happy Valley. This lesson can be adjusted to fit any grade level.
The lesson begins with the first emigrants from the 1848 Oregon Trail settling in the Willamette Valley, Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 and the first settlers in the Valley in 1851. We take the history lesson through 1965 when Happy Valley became a City and end where we are today.
Many of the Middle School Leadership students have volunteered at a variety of community events. They have helped with set-up, working the actual event and collecting donations and cleanup after events:
- Harvest Fest
- Tree Lighting
- Operation Santa
We will help facilitate any park reservation at Happy Valley Park. We can help with a single class picnic, a group of teachers gathering or end of the year class party.
“Say No to Drugs,” Red Ribbon Week – Elementary
Prescription Drug Awareness – Middle School
Promote Special Events/Fundraising
- Reader Board in front of Community Policing Center
- City Newsletter
- Website Facebook/Twitter